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 Thursday September 15th 2016Tim Candler9

 

      There are apparently 800 verses in the bible devoted to money. Let's take one such verse from Ecclesiastes which is a book of the Old Testament, or the Hebrew Bible, and the word Ecclesiastes means something like gatherer of wisdom. It can also mean something like Preacher. While no one knows who actually might have written the book, there's a suggestion that whoever did write it may have written it in the 3rd Century BC. The other thing is the person who wrote the book reckoned he might have been a king who through the course of the book jotted down a series of ideas about a better way of being in the world. In my view it's an observational book rather than a treatise on good and bad, and there are bits in it that can make a reader nod wisely and smile. Then of course there's the interesting problem of translation from the ancient to the modern.

 

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     If I had to chose what it was that God might have said and how he might have said it, I'd go for the King James Bible. In it's time it was a bit of a departure, and no doubt there was a lot of grumbling from fans of even older translations, but that's us people for you, and I can't help but say that the more recent translations, like an electric guitar in chapel, do in my view curl God's toes in their attempts to further clarify the beautiful mystery the Books of the Bible attempt to describe. Ecclesiastes 5:10 from King James - "He that loveth silver shall not be satisfied with silver; nor he that loveth abundance with increase: this is also vanity." The Common English Bible, translated in this current century, has this for Ecclesiastes 5:10 - "The money lover isn't satisfied with money; neither is the lover of wealth satisfied with income. This too is pointless." And at the risk of going to hell, I'm never going to read a Psalm from the Common English Bible.

 

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